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Unchain My Heart

About this design:

This is an attempt to salvage chain cut while following a pattern in a book for a lariet necklace. The measurements were waaaaay off, (I double and triple checked!) putting my patinated connector at the back of my neck. I wasn't wasting all that chain though. This piece ended up being my replacement necklace!


Black and copper chain, copper connector, jump rings and clasp (all LB), copper heart from stash.

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    I am loving the mix of black and copper, and the heart is perfect! You did a great save!

  2. A Little Pizzaz aka Judy
    A Little Pizzaz aka Judy says:

    Gail – Love this – like the combo of chains. A beautiful piece and would mix easily w/other jewelry. I’m learning from you and the others. I did read your comment on Devil Moon and have changed a couple of pics. Thanks for your advice.

  3. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Wow, this is gorgeous!

  4. Asia
    Asia says:

    This is so elegant, love the mix of metals :D

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    JC Hamm says:

    I WANT IT!!!! I to love the way you save this, and the heart is stunning!! :D

  6. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Thanks Nancy and N4B! It’s always great to get positive reinforcement but its especially great on a redo project!
    Judy/Pizzaz -I think it’s safe to say that everyone on here learns from everyone else, thats kind of the wonderfulness of being here. It definitely expands your perspective. Your new pics show off the colors in your necklace beautifully! I struggle with the photos all the time and I hope you weren’t offended, but I wanted to really see what you did and not only with the owl.

  7. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    This is so awesome! I think it has a sort of medieval vibe, which I love! I also love your mix of metals, Genius! :)

  8. ShadyGlade Girl
    ShadyGlade Girl says:

    This is amazing! I’m so glad you were able to salvage the change. Amazing job!!

  9. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    This is so beautiful! Love all the mix metal in it!

  10. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Just beautiful. What a romantic and elegant look.

  11. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Thanks again everyone! It definitely was a relief that this turned out all right after thinking I had made scraps out of a lot of chain! I still can’t believe that the measurements in the book were so far off. You’d think the author would double check things like that!

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    LoveandZenJewelry says:

    Gorgeous !

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